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Chelsea Physic Garden, London

(4.4/5 based on 360+ reviews on the web)
Situated in the heart of London, this 'Secret Garden' is a centre of education, beauty and relaxation. Chelsea Physic Garden was founded by the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries of London in 1673 for its apprentices to study the medicinal qualities of plants. Throughout the 1700s it was one of the most important centres of botany and plant exchange in the world. It is London’s oldest botanic garden and a unique living museum.
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  • A magical garden full of knowledge and beauty! It also shows you the lethal side of the plant world - I could spend most of my summer here love it!  more »
  • A very lovely tranquil place. Great guided tours and the exotic greenhouses are stunning. Used a rail discount and got in on a 2 for 1 deal which was fab. Think £10.50 a head is quite steep though. No...  more »
  • This is a charming garden to visit. You can either wander amongst the plants and sit down and relax. Or you can read all about the medicinal properties of the plants and learn some very interesting fa...  more »
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  • It is a good place to go without having to break your bank for a good weekend picnic or time out with nature. Food at the restaurant are 5stars with value for money. Just have to come before the peak time as members do come for lunch and tea. So if come early the queue and the table wait aren't that long. Food menu are great. .. fresh salad are to die for. And main meal menu must try and must have. Desserts..for the sweet tooth must have. Crowd build up as days peak to afternoon and then everything then needed to wait ...So do come early in the morning. So can join the guided tours. Otherwise it will be long wait. This physic garden is a hidden gem. Place for the kids to learn about nature...and plants One must experience this. Recommended. ..
  • I can only comment in regards to Educational Visits - but any teachers out there ... I would highly recommend you enquiring about their chocolate workshop for KS2 children. It's so interesting (even for adults) and includes chocolate tasting fun and even a session of making your very own chocolate. I've been twice now with two different classes and had great responses from both kids and parents. We have a great time every time
  • We really enjoyed this Garden, especially the theme around useful plants (e.g. medicinal versus poisonous etc). So nice to find 4 acres of garden in the middle of Chelsea.
  • A lovely walled garden in Chelsea that has over 5,000 species of plants that are useful in medicine, health and beauty. Be sure to visit the fern house, a climate controlled area - so lush! Loved the free tour provided by a dedicated volunteer. Tip: If you liked THIS garden, then visit the Royal College of Physicians Garden which is similar but much smaller, and is right beside Regents Park.
  • loved this garden located along chelsea embankment . all the plants in the garden have medicinal uses and little boxes are located next to the plants giving you information on what the plant is used for. take a tour with the volunteers at set times of the day . our guide was Joy . she was marvelous and full of interesting facts